Sam Zebarjadi, co-founder and CEO of healthcare technology firm Merit, tweeted, "Will Amazon be able to apply their same eCommerce principles to care navigation - aka can you get to the right point of care with X clicks in under 60 seconds?" Apparently, this is just Amazon's second purchase in the healthcare space following its acquisition of online pharmacy PillPack a year ago.
This deal is a complimentary move to Amazon's announcement last month that it will provide some Seattle employees and their families a new app called Amazon Care, which provides users with access to health professionals over video chat and text.
Currently, Amazon care services are available only to its employees.More news: Related Illnesses in US Still Rising, but More Slowly
Purchase price for Health Navigator was not revealed.
Amazon had previously hinted that if the pilot goes well it would extend the program to employees in other cities. CNBC, first, has reported this deal.
When Amazon announced its employee healthcare program in September it said the new service combines "the best of both virtual and in-person care" by offering virtual visits, in-person primary care visits at patients' homes or offices and prescription delivery.More news: Tech Crunch: Security Researchers Find Hidden Ads in Google Play Store Apps
Apparently, Amazon faces intense competition from archrivals Google and Microsoft who have been striving to tap into the medical sector.
Health Navigator provides diagnoses and treatments on its digital platform.
Amazon-owned PillPack has faced stiff pushback from healthcare industry giants CVS and Surescripts, who have tried to block the company from accessing drug data and hiring top talent. Thompson is a prominent face in the healthcare domain for creating a set of protocols known as Schmitt-Thompson.More news: AIBA ban can take away champions of future: Tyson Fury
In addition, the platform of the Health Navigator was built so that it can be integrated into the online health services and it will include medical call as well as telemedicine centers to make the process more standardized to work with patients.